The co-founder and managing director of Valve – Gabe Newell has something against Windows 8.
“I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space,” he said rather bluntly. “If that’s true, it’s going to be a good idea to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality.”
Speculation is Newell is mad because Windows 8 features like the Windows Store app marketplace and Xbox Live integration are features that could threaten his company Steam’s stronghold in the PC gaming space.
“Valve wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the PC,” he said at Casual Connect (via VentureBeat). “Id Software, Epic, Zynga, Facebook, and Google wouldn’t have existed without the openness of the platform.” Valve’s increasing investment in Linux makes sense in light of the fact that both Apple and Microsoft have very closed systems.
“Our perception is that one of the big problems holding Linux back is the absence of games. I think that a lot of people–in their thinking about platforms–don’t realize how critical games are as a consumer driver of purchases and usage,” Newell said. “So we’re going to continue working with the Linux distribution guys, shipping Steam, shipping our games, and making it as easy as possible for anybody who’s engaged with us–putting their games on Steam and getting those running on Linux, as well.”
Makes you want to ask.. “Can’t we all just get along?”